The online application will be available in early fall 2016. In the meantime, we suggest that you review the application requirements for the Penn State MBA online program and begin assembling your materials so you are ready when the application becomes available in fall 2016.
Deadlines and Important Dates
Admission to the fall 2016 is now closed. For admission in fall 2017:
Online Application System opens – fall 2016
Early deadline — March 1, 2017
Standard deadline — June 1, 2017
Applications submitted by the early deadline will be given priority consideration. Applicants are encouraged to submit all portfolio items as early as possible.
Thank you for your interest in applying to this program. Contact an admissions counselor at email@example.com to discuss your educational goals, financial aid options, and application deadlines.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
The Penn State MBA online program is suitable for individuals of diverse academic and professional backgrounds and requires no prerequisite course work. However, previous course work in accounting, economics, math, and statistics, or knowledge of these subjects gained through work experience, adds to the strength of your application portfolio.
Online Application Materials
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Education — A copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time; however, you may want to request two transcripts initially so that you have the second set ready to mail if you are accepted.
GPA and Test Scores — post-secondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required. GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years are required. Submit your official score report as follows:
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test): Pennsylvania State University, World Campus, iMBA ZZ8-JW-99.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination): Code 2660 for Penn State.
Applicants for the online MBA program come from diverse educational and employment backgrounds, and the GMAT and GRE provide a means for assessing each applicant against a common standard. Requiring
standardized tests ensures community of exceptional peers to network with, and assures us that we will have enrolled students who are able to succeed in the program. We do not offer GMAT or GRE waivers.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.
References — You will initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of two references (preferably professional). Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting them to complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment to success in an online program. All recommenders must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — You will upload your résumé (one to two pages) to the online application. Two years' worth of professional experience is preferred, but not required.
Essay Response — Submit a 600-word essay to allow the admissions committee to get to know more about you and to differentiate yourself from the competition.The topic of your essay should be the response to these prompts: What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How does the Penn State online MBA program fit into these plans? What will you contribute to the program and to your classmates, if admitted? (All essays will be authenticated through iThenticate software.)
Application Portfolio Evaluation
The Admissions Committee considers the entire portfolio and seeks applicants who can succeed in a competitive MBA program. GMAT or GRE scores are critical for accreditation, represent the one standardized admission criterion, and are an important element of the application portfolio. However, the portfolio is considered in its entirety, and occasionally provisions are made if the applicant has strengths in others areas such as a strong undergraduate GPA and exceptional work experience.
For the purpose of ensuring a good fit between the program and the student, the committee may want to gather additional information from the applicant not available in the written application materials. An online interview may be requested by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.